American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The body of officially established rules governing the faith and practice of the members of a Christian church.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See under Law.
- n. the body of ecclesiastical law adopted in the Christian Church, certain portions of which (for example, the law of marriage as existing before the Council of Tent) were brought to America by the English colonists as part of the common law of the land.
- n. the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church
“The fact that they were ratified by the Council of Trullo, and thus became part of the canon law of the Eastern Church, probably accounts for their preservation.”
“As an instance we may name the "Mélanges théologiques", a review of moral theology and canon law founded by a society of Belgian ecclesiastics at Liège in 1847.”
“Lady Elizabeth de Clare, foundress of Clare Hall, bequeathed to her foundation a tiny collection of service books and volumes on canon law (1355).”
“He was appointed in 1834 professor of church history and canon law at the "Lyceum" of”
“St. Louis (1215-70), and his sister Bl. Isabelle (1224-70), foundress of the Abbey of Poor Clares of Longchamps, who later called themselves Urbanists because their rule was confirmed by Urban V; Bl. Peter of Luxemburg (1369-87), canon of Paris before becoming Bishop of Metz; Blessed Urban V (pope 1362-70), sometime professor of canon law at the University of Paris; Bl. Jeanne-Marie de Maille”
“In Eastern canon law since the fourth century (cf. also the Synod of Antioch of 341, can. ix), it was a principle that every civil province was likewise a church province under the supreme direction of the metropolitan, i.e. of the bishop of the provincial capital.”
“The oldest canon law admitted only three bishops as having what later ages called patriarchal rights = = the Bishops of Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch.”
“A Bristol merchant bequeaths two books on canon law to St. Mary Redcliffe Church, there to be preserved for the use of the vicar and chaplains (1416).”
“Pietro Accolti (1524-32) had been professor of canon law at Pisa, and secretary to Julius II.”
“He occupied a chair of canon law in the university for three years and published a treatise on ecclesiastical legislation which still exists in the Vatican Library.”
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